Last night, Center Players performed the first of the Playreading Series, Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley. It was directed by Anthony Greco. For those of you that didn’t see the award winning Broadway show or see the movie that starred Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the play revolves around Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the rigid and fear-inspiring principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School. She suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest Father Flynn. Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, the Sister believes she has uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken special interest in a troubled boy, but without proof, the only thing certain is doubt.
The audience and I were enthralled by professional quality performances that were so good, you barely noticed that the actors were reading from scripts. I was surprised to learn that the cast only had two rehearsals because the play was so good.
The Playreading Series is open to the public and free of charge. It’s a great way to enjoy an evening of theater. Afterward, the audience enjoys a rousing discussion with the cast and director about the play.
The next play in the series is Having Our Say by Sarah A. Delaney and Elizabeth Delaney, directed by Ray Dothard, who recently starred as Midge in I’m Not Rappaport. The play will be performed by a cast of actors on July 29, 7:30 pm at Center Playhouse. The play is about two extraordinary women who tell their stories of a century of American history, and of family, love and living “forever.” In other words, it is about America’s people and demonstrates how vision, tenacity and courage can ehlp strong people prevail over seamingly insurmountable odds. It is also a testament to the human spirit, wherever it is found.